Importance Of Mineral Cosmetics By Aditi Vyas
Mineral cosmetics are garnering a lot of attention these days. Are they really miracle cosmetics? What are the magic results of the swift brushed-on application on our skin?
Men and women have been adorning themselves with natural colours derived from the earth since the time they lived in caves. Tribals used to paint their skin before special ceremonies, and Egyptians used red ochre to paint their lips and cheeks, and Kohl to define their eyes. Golden dust will use to colour skin and hair. Ingredients used were all natural. Apparently, the aspiration to live close to nature, and adopting ancient beauty practices have created a love affair with mineral cosmetics. Mineral make up gives a natural coverage to the skin, does not clog pores and suits even the most sensitive skin types. From loose and pressed powders to liquids, mineral cosmetics are preferred as the best by many users.
What is mineral cosmetics made of?
Mineral cosmetics is an attempt of getting back to nature by using natural minerals crushed into a fine powder as the base for makeup. Traditional cosmetics are made of chemicals and other additives which may cause irritation on the skin. Mineral cosmetics contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide, and zinc oxide, along with an addition of few other ingredients to contribute to the texture or application of the product. Mineral cosmetics are free of synthetic fragrance, petroleum-based colourants and synthetic preservatives. They contain oil, not water which gives it natural water resistance making it a better choice over traditional cosmetics. Got caught in the rain while applying mineral makeup? Don’t worry. Do not wipe your face, just pat your face with a towel. Most of the makeup would still be on.
Ingredients included in the formulation of conventional cosmetics may clog the skin pores resulting in acne. Mineral cosmetics does not include any synthetic preservatives, fragrance, and petroleum-based colourants. They are non-comedogenic, does not block the skin pores, hence the application of mineral cosmetics does not create acne problems. It does not dry the skin but actually, helps to trap the moisture in the skin and gives it a seamless finishing.
Iron oxide will use to give yellow, red, orange, brown and black tones. Powdered lapis lazuli is also added in some products to give an alluring blue tint. A blend of kaolin, sulphur and soda ash is used to create the sea-inspired ultramarine blue hue. Chrome oxide will use for getting a captivating green, violet, and purple hue. An artist uses a white canvas to intensify the depth of the colours he uses. Likewise, titanium dioxide is used in mineral cosmetics to intensify the makeup colours and give opacity.
What can they do to our skin?
- Mineral cosmetics even skin tone with a nice glow without being glittery and gawky.
- Gives a feeling like you are not wearing any makeup at all. Looks like the skin, only better.
- Does not settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Using them will not cause breakouts.
- Clears the skin, redness, and scarring and controls oil without drying the skin.
- Available in a variety of colours ranging from sheer tints to bold hues to suit every mood, and occasion.
- Lasts longer than regular powders. Worth your every penny.
- Includes titanium dioxide, which gives sun protection.
Why switch to Mineral Makeup?
In a torrent of information (or maybe misinformation) silhouettes and colours, one might be confusing with why they should go for mineral makeup, and how to choose the right one.
Versatility – the other name of mineral cosmetics
Mineral cosmetics are versatile by nature and works well with the natural body chemistry. A loose mineral powder will convert into anything. Mineral Foundation will be mix with moisturizers, water or other creams to make a liquid foundation. Use it as a concealer, or just for light coverage. it will use as eyeshadow, blush, eyeliner, coloured mascara, hair highlights, body shimmer etc. Mineral cosmetics will make of pure pigments, so it easily blends with almost anything. Truly a miracle powder!
Mineral cosmetics adhere to the natural oils of the skin, making it a safe option. Any barrier between the skin and environment is good, as long as it allows the skin to breathe. Mineral cosmetics does not seep through the pores of the skin allowing the skin to breathe while protecting it against free radicals.
Ever wondered what gives those lovely flecks of sparkle in your makeup? Mica! It is a key ingredient in mineral cosmetics. When glazed with iron oxide, mica flakes sparkle with an appealing golden tint. Cleopatra is saying to use crushed mica as her body shimmer. Mica adheres to the skin and is less caky. It gives a pure pigment colour to fall in love with.
Mineral Makeup – a beautifully lit from within
Minerals give colour to eyes, cheeks, lips, and nails. Mineral cosmetics are available in a range of products; finishing powders, blush, face colours, foundations, mascaras and lip products. Like to glow? Fairy dust is also available to give a gemstone effect. A mesmerizing mineral palette. When it comes to makeup, colour is the name of the game. Mineral cosmetics will see in all stunning colours of nature; metallics, earthy tones, Vivids, and pastels; a lot to choose from. Just twist, tap and brush!
Mineral Foundation: The temperature of the skin cause these powders to melt a little, and create a natural; beautiful finish on the face. Pigments will use in its making are very concentrating, so a little foundation goes a long way. Makes it less expensive than traditional ones in the long run.
Mineral blush: Nothing makes a woman more beautiful than a warm glow of blush. Richly pigmented, they give a natural and healthy glow to the skin just like the own natural blush.
Face mist: Mists is infusing with minerals to hydrate and refresh the skin with a radiant glow.
Lipliner, lipstick, lipgloss, and lip gel are making with ingredients like titanium dioxide, iron oxide, zinc oxide, silica, and mica. Gives a gorgeous tint and colour finish.
Eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara: These are iridescent little beauties that add glamour to the eyes without giving that ‘high school’ shimmering look.
How should one select the right mineral cosmetics? Read the labels. Make sure the label says their product is, “non-micronize” or “free of nanoparticles”. Some manufacturers may micronize the minerals into nanoparticles. These nanoparticles will easily absorb into the body as a possible toxin.
Mineral cosmetics have become a strong beauty trend for obvious good reasons. After trying mineral cosmetics for a while, it is almost impossible for anyone to go back to conventional cosmetics. Minerals offer good skin coverage and give a feeling that they are not wearing any makeup at all. It is a miracle powder that gives a ‘lit from within’ look.